Drying Out Your Home
Dry out any affected rooms by airing them out with open windows and doors and leaving your heating on. Leave any cabinets, cupboards or doors open or consider hiring a dehumidifier which will help dry out the room further.
NOTE: Be careful of electrical hazards with the humidifier.
Damaged Items and Property
Don’t immediately dispose of water damaged items as your insurance company may cover them. Store everything in a safe dry place, perhaps wrapped in or placed upon towels.
Full or Blocked Gutters and Guttering
During Autumn or Winter seasons, gutters can easily be filled with leaves, twigs and other garden waste. This waste builds up through out the cold months and has the potential to block down-pipes, drains and cause gutter leaks. For more information on gutter problems please see our gutter cleaning services in London section.
During a storm, heavy rain or snow it may be useful to keep an eye on your homes interior and exterior.
What to look out for:
- Water overflowing from gutters
- Pipes located on exteriors
- Pipes located under your sink
- Pipes located in an unheated crawlspace
- Drains over flowing onto pavement
- Down pipe blockages
- If any pipes are frozen or coping against frost
- Well-lagged pipes or plastic ones can be affected too
- Freezing problems can occur twice a season
- Frost can seep into open cracks within house brickwork
- BDS can re-route some at-risk pipework but this should be discussed with the engineer on site
- Check pipes situated in crawl spaces, outside walls and attics as they are vulnerable to freezing
Friends, family and neighbours may need help preparing for the winter, you could even agree to watch each-others houses over cold months or holidays.
Stop draughts with draught excluders for the bottom of doors or alternatively use rolled up towels or old clothing.